<![CDATA[MMA RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/11/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/11/11/dustin-poirier-vs-anthony-pettis-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 120 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Dustin Poirier enters this fight with a 21-5 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by knockout. Poirier has won five of his last fights and is coming off a May no contest to Eddie Alvarez. Poirier is averaging 5.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.8 percent. Poirier is averaging 1.69 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40.4 percent. Poirier will fight for the third time this year after his last bout was called…

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Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 120 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Dustin Poirier enters this fight with a 21-5 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by knockout. Poirier has won five of his last fights and is coming off a May no contest to Eddie Alvarez. Poirier is averaging 5.14 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.8 percent. Poirier is averaging 1.69 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40.4 percent. Poirier will fight for the third time this year after his last bout was called in the second round due to Alvarez landing illegal knees. Poirier has proven to be an accurate striker with variety to his punches, and he’s won five of his last seven fights by knockout. Poirier also has an effective ground and pound if a fight goes to the canvas. Speaking of canvas, Poirier may be the best fighter in the UFC when it comes to the D'Arce Choke, so he’s deadly if he can gain top position. This will be Poirier’s third fight in Virginia.

Anthony Pettis enters this fight with a 20-6 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Pettis has split his last eight fights and is coming off a July win over Jim Miller. Pettis is averaging 2.81 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.6 percent. Pettis is averaging 0.79 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 52.3 percent. Pettis is coming off a much needed win after losing four of his last five fights, and he now looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2013-14. Pettis is an athletic fighter who can attack from a variety of angels and flip things quickly if a fight goes to the canvas. You’re never safe when fighting a guy like Pettis, as he’s creative with his strikes and has produced finishes in 16 of his 20 career victories. At just 30 years old, there’s no reason for Pettis to be struggling in his recent fights. He’s too talented. This will be Pettis’ first fight in Virginia.

This should be a fun fight between two balanced fighters who have a knack for finishing their opponent. They both can hold their own with their standup and produce a knockout, and they’re creative on the canvas where one mistake can result in a submission. This likely isn’t ending in a decision. As for picking a winner, I’m siding with Pettis. He’s the more athletic fighter between the two and his unpredictability always gives him an advantage. I also like how he looked in his last fight to kind of right the ship. Poirier is certainly no slouch, but I see him struggling with the speed and athleticism of Pettis in this matchup.    

Give me Pettis to get another big win as he returns to form.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97832
<![CDATA[Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Weichel Bellator 188 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/11/16/patricio-freire-vs-daniel-weichel-bellator-188-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Patricio Freire and Daniel Weichel fight Thursday during Bellator 188 at the Menora Mivtachim Arena.

Patricio Freire enters this fight with a 26-4 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by submission. Freire has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a April win over Daniel Straus. Freire bounced back nicely from his loss to Benson Henderson with a second round submission, and he now looks for back-to-back wins for the first time in two years. Freire is a balanced fighter who is usually always the aggressor and has finished 20 of his 26 victories.…

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Patricio Freire and Daniel Weichel fight Thursday during Bellator 188 at the Menora Mivtachim Arena.

Patricio Freire enters this fight with a 26-4 record and has won 42 percent of his fights by submission. Freire has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a April win over Daniel Straus. Freire bounced back nicely from his loss to Benson Henderson with a second round submission, and he now looks for back-to-back wins for the first time in two years. Freire is a balanced fighter who is usually always the aggressor and has finished 20 of his 26 victories. Freire is quite an athlete who is able to dodge strike attempts while throwing very heavy hands in his own right that has produced nine knockouts. Freire has one-punch knockout potential, and Weichel knows that all too well. Freire is also effective on the canvas, as he gains top position well and has five wins via the guillotine. This will be Freire’s first fight in Israel. 

Daniel Weichel enters this fight with a 39-9 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by submission. Weichel has won four straight fights and is coming off a April win over John Teixeira da Conceicao. Weichel hasn’t lost since the 2015 fight against Freire, and he’s overcome two tight split decisions during that time as well. Weichel has raw punching power and can more than hold his own standing up, but he’s mostly known for his ground game, producing 22 submission victories and producing a vicious choke game once he finds an opening. Weichel usually always has the advantage when a fight goes to the canvas, and six of his last 11 victories have come by submission. The downside is that Weichel does have a reputation for a questionable chin with three of his losses coming by knockout. This will be Weichel’s first fight in Israel.

This should be a fun rematch between two highly skilled fighters who have shown balance throughout their careers. Both can hold their own on the canvas and have powerful striking to end things standing up. The problem I have here is the size of Weichel, as he’s five inches taller than Freire and has a six inch longer reach. He was also winning the first meeting before being caught with a counter punch that put him to sleep. Hey, that’s fighting, but the fact he was controlling that fight up to that point is worth something. I look for Weichel to be a little sharper with his punches this time around and get this fight to his comfort zone on the canvas.

I’ll side with Weichel for the revenge victory.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:39:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97751
<![CDATA[Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas UFC 217 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/11/04/joanna-jedrzejczyk-vs-rose-namajunas-ufc-217-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk enters this fight with a 14-0 record and has won 64 percent of her fights by decision. This will be Jedrzejczyk’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a May win over Jessica Andrade. Jedrzejczyk is averaging 6.87 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.6 percent. Jedrzejczyk is averaging 0.2 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Jedrzejczyk will be defending her belt for the sixth straight fight and is fighting…

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk enters this fight with a 14-0 record and has won 64 percent of her fights by decision. This will be Jedrzejczyk’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a May win over Jessica Andrade. Jedrzejczyk is averaging 6.87 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 50.6 percent. Jedrzejczyk is averaging 0.2 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 66.6 percent. Jedrzejczyk will be defending her belt for the sixth straight fight and is fighting for the second time this year. Jedrzejczyk really needs no introduction, as she’s an extremely decorated kick boxer who uses her knees and legs better than most, and is an overall highly efficient striker with superb accuracy and a background in boxing. Jedrzejczyk has great technique, knows how to finish her opponent despite most of her fights ending in decision, and she’ll always have the advantage when fighting standing up. Jedrzejczyk has proven to be unbeatable when she gets the fight she wants. This will be Jedrzejczyk’s second fight in New York.

Rose Namajunas enters this fight with a 7-3 record and has won 86 percent of her fights by submission. Namajunas has won four of her last five fights and is coming off a April win over Michelle Waterson. Namajunas is averaging 3.51 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 45.1 percent. Namajunas is averaging 3.02 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 60 percent. Namajunas is coming off an impressive second round submission and gets another shot at the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship, as she fought for the belt back in 2014. Namajunas is an aggressive pressure fighter who likes to stay busy by working the jab and mixing in some kicks. While Namajunas doesn’t have a knockout victory under her belt, she more than holds her own with her standup. However, it’s Namajunas’ ground game that’s the most scary, as five of her victories have come by submission and she wastes little time locking in that rear-naked choke. Namajunas is deadly if she can gain position on the canvas, as her long legs and upper body strength are hard to counter. This will be Namajunas’ first fight in New York.

Namajunas could be the kryptonite to Jedrzejczyk, as she has a real chance to end this thing if she’s able to produce a takedown. Not only is she a terrific submission artist, but it takes Jedrzejczyk out of her comfort zone and limits her striking attack. However, Jedrzejczyk is more than proven against quality fighters and already passed the test against other fighters with good ground games in Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Penne. Until she shows a true weakness, there’s no reason to even consider betting against Jedrzejczyk, possibly the best female fighter in the world.

Look for Jedrzejczyk to remain unbeaten.

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Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:05:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95868
<![CDATA[Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 217 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/11/04/stephen-thompson-vs-jorge-masvidal-ufc-217-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

Stephen Thompson enters this fight with a 13-1-1 record and has won 54 percent of his fights by knockout. Thompson has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a March loss to Tyron Woodley. Thompson is averaging 3.72 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.9 percent. Thompson is averaging 0.53 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Thompson is coming off a loss in the UFC Welterweight Championship and looks for his first victory…

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Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

Stephen Thompson enters this fight with a 13-1-1 record and has won 54 percent of his fights by knockout. Thompson has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a March loss to Tyron Woodley. Thompson is averaging 3.72 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 43.9 percent. Thompson is averaging 0.53 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Thompson is coming off a loss in the UFC Welterweight Championship and looks for his first victory since his 2016 bout with Rory MacDonald. Thompson is a strong striker who works quickly, as three of his last five victories have been first round knockouts. Thompson is a highly decorated kick boxer with long legs, but there’s power in those punches as well, making him highly effective with his standup attack. Thompson also has the cardio to be effective in later rounds, and he’s a tough fighter who has never been finished and has a high takedown defense. This will be Thompson’s second fight in New York.

Jorge Masvidal enters this fight with a 32-12 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by decision. Masvidal has split his last eight fights and is coming off a May loss to Demian Maia. Masvidal is averaging 4.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.6 percent. Masvidal is averaging 1.83 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 61.1 percent. Masvidal will fight for the third time this year and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the second time in his career. Masvidal is one of the tougher fighters within the division, as this is somebody who grew up in the streets of Miami fighting, and he’s only been knocked out once in 12 career losses. Masvidal is a brawler who is going to land powerful, accurate strikes standing up, but he’s also athletic and quick enough to succeed with his takedowns and do some grappling as well. Masvidal is simply a fighter who is going to lay it all on the line and allow the chips to fall where they may. This will be Masvidal’s first fight in New York. 

Even on a loaded card, this may be the fight I’m most excited to see, as everybody knows what Thompson is capable of, but Masvidal has been quietly climbing the rankings and improving his game along the way. Masvidal also didn’t lose to Maia in my opinion, as he outworked him and did more than enough to get the nod. Anyway, I’m going to side with Masvidal for the upset here. He’s a fighter who has been growing on me lately, and he has the athleticism and grappling ability to change things up, forcing Thompson to go the distance and do things other than strike standing up. Masvidal has been waiting for a chance to prove he’s the real deal and he has that chance here.

I’ll side with Masvidal to get the victory.

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Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:05:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95871
<![CDATA[Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw UFC 217 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/11/04/cody-garbrandt-vs-tj-dillashaw-ufc-217-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

Cody Garbrandt enters this fight with a 11-0 record and has won 82 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Garbrandt’s fifth fight since 2016 and is coming off a December win over Dominick Cruz. Garbrandt is averaging 3.58 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.3 percent. Garbrandt is averaging 1.19 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.4 percent. Garbrandt took some much needed time off after a busy 2016, and he was supposed to fight in…

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Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

Cody Garbrandt enters this fight with a 11-0 record and has won 82 percent of his fights by knockout. This will be Garbrandt’s fifth fight since 2016 and is coming off a December win over Dominick Cruz. Garbrandt is averaging 3.58 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 37.3 percent. Garbrandt is averaging 1.19 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.4 percent. Garbrandt took some much needed time off after a busy 2016, and he was supposed to fight in July but pulled out due to an injured back. Garbrandt is 6-0 under the UFC banner and has proven to be a volume striker who lands with great power and is usually always the aggressor. Garbrandt has won three of his last four fights by first round knockout, but he also has a background in wrestling and has the conditioning to be effective in later rounds if needed. Garbrandt is just a really solid fighter who has shown very few weaknesses up to this point. This will be Garbrandt’s first fight in New York.

T.J. Dillashaw enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 40 percent of his fights by knockout. Dillashaw has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a December win over John Lineker. Dillashaw is averaging 5.38 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.1 percent. Dillashaw is averaging 1.8 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.1 percent. Dillashaw has won back-to-back fights since last years loss to Dominick Cruz and looks for three straight victories for the first time since 2014-15. Dillashaw doesn’t need an introduction, as he’s a powerful accurate striker with a viscous ground and pound, and he’s an above-average wrestler with great takedown defense and three submission victories. Dillashaw is a patient fighter who is willing to let a few rounds go by before taking advantage. Dillashaw is also a tough fighter whose only clear loss was in 2011 against John Dodson, as his other two losses were controversial split decisions. This will be Dillashaw’s first fight in New York.

Another great fight on what is a loaded card in New York, and once again, you could make a case for either guy in this spot. Dillashaw has the versatility and the longer reach, while Garbrandt has the punching power advantage and the athleticism/cardio. When it comes down to it, I’m not sure how anybody can bet against Garbrandt. He’s shown little to no weakness up to this point and has the overwhelming offensive attack to end things on his terms. A slow worker and sometimes passive fighter such as Dillashaw could struggle with Garbrandt’s power and aggressiveness.

I like Garbrandt to remain undefeated.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:43:47 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95691
<![CDATA[Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre UFC 217 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/11/04/michael-bisping-vs-georges-st-pierre-ufc-217-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

Michael Bisping enters this fight with a 31-7 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by knockout. Bisping has won his last five fights and is coming off a October win over Dan Henderson. Bisping is averaging 4.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.5 percent. Bisping is averaging 1.1 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43.3 percent. Bisping hasn’t lost since his 2014 fight with Luke Rockhold and will be defending his belt for the second…

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Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre fight Saturday during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden.

Michael Bisping enters this fight with a 31-7 record and has won 58 percent of his fights by knockout. Bisping has won his last five fights and is coming off a October win over Dan Henderson. Bisping is averaging 4.44 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 38.5 percent. Bisping is averaging 1.1 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 43.3 percent. Bisping hasn’t lost since his 2014 fight with Luke Rockhold and will be defending his belt for the second time. Bisping is getting up there in age at nearly 39 years old and it’s going to be interesting to see if there’s any rust after not fighting for a year. Of course, when in good form, Bisping is a terrific standup fighter with a background in boxing and kickboxing, and he has pure knockout power. Bisping is also a tough fighter who has only been finished three times in seven losses and can hold his own on the canvas when needed. Few can hang with Bisping when he’s able to strike away freely. This will be Bisping’s first fight in New York.

Georges St-Pierre enters this fight with a 25-2 record and has won 48 percent of his fights by decision. St-Pierre has won his last 12 fights and is coming off a 2013 win over Johny Hendricks. St-Pierre is averaging 3.77 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 53.8 percent. St-Pierre is averaging 4.2 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 74.4 percent. It’s been nearly four years since St-Pierre has been in the octagon, so I’m not sure anybody knows what to expect. St-Pierre tore his ACL in 2014 and is now 36 years old with his last loss coming in 2007 against Matt Serra. When in good form, St-Pierre is one of the smarter fighters in the sport who doesn’t put himself in great danger, and he’s a fabulous wrestler who is highly effective with his takedowns and controls fights on the canvas. St-Pierre is a great athlete who can hold his own anywhere the fight goes, which explains why he’s lost just once over the last decade-plus. This will be St-Pierre’s first fight in New York.

One of the better fights we’ve seen in a while, you can make a case for either side in this contest. Bisping has the power advantage and has far less questions about his form considering we saw him fight last year. St-Pierre is one of the more versatile fighters in the sport, hasn’t lost in a decade, but so much time off creates question marks to just how effective he’ll be in his return. Usually I shy away from guys who have been gone for an extended period, but I’m going to back St-Pierre in this fight. His grappling and wrestling is the difference for me, as he’ll be able to control the fight in the clinch and on the canvas, taking Bisping out of his comfort zone and limiting his striking power. St-Pierre should be able to get this fight where he wants it, and that gives him an advantage in this clash of titans. 

I like St-Pierre to win his UFC return.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:14:11 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95688
<![CDATA[Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/21/donald-cerrone-vs-darren-till-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Donald Cerrone and Darren Till fight Saturday at the Ergo Arena.

Donald Cerrone enters this fight with a 32-9 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Cerrone has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a July loss to Robbie Lawler. Cerrone is averaging 4.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 4.79 percent. Cerrone is averaging 1.34 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.9 percent. Cerrone is riding a two-fight losing streak right now and his last win was in 2016 against Matt Brown. Cerrone is a versatile fighter…

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Donald Cerrone and Darren Till fight Saturday at the Ergo Arena.

Donald Cerrone enters this fight with a 32-9 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Cerrone has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a July loss to Robbie Lawler. Cerrone is averaging 4.23 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 4.79 percent. Cerrone is averaging 1.34 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 37.9 percent. Cerrone is riding a two-fight losing streak right now and his last win was in 2016 against Matt Brown. Cerrone is a versatile fighter who is a well decorated kick boxer, highly effective in Muay Thai and is comfortable on the canvas to the point he has 16 career submission victories. There’s not much Cerrone can’t do in the octagon, and he’s won 24 of his 32 fights by some sort of stoppage. Cerrone has finished his last five opponents with his last decision coming in 2015 against Benson Henderson. This will be Cerrone’s first fight in Poland.

Darren Till enters this fight with a 15-0-1 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Till has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a September win over Bojan Velickovic. Till is averaging 2.98 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54 percent. Till is averaging 0.87 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Till looks for his third victory of the year, and his only non-victory was a 2015 draw against Nicolas Dalby. Till is also a balanced fighter who relies on Muay Thai, accurate stand up striking and has an effective ground and pound. Two of Till’s four decision victories have come in his last four fights, so he’s proven the endurance is there, but his one-punch knockout potential is what makes him most scary to his opponents. This will be Till’s first fight in Poland.

It’s getting harder and harder to bet against Till at this point. Sure, some can criticize his resume and the lack of true quality names can leave you questioning just how good the 24-year-old is, but victories are victories in this sport, and the kid has looked extremely impressive. His athleticism and awkward stance that allows for him to counter and land a powerful strike makes him extremely dangerous. Yes, Cowboy has the edge in experience and knows a thing or two about Muay Thai as well, but he is getting up there in age and just lost back-to-back fights to two older fighters who don’t have the explosive skill set Till has.

I’m siding with Till to get the victory here.

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Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:34:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94461
<![CDATA[Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams Bellator 185 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/20/heather-hardy-vs-kristina-williams-bellator-185-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Heather Hardy and Kristina Williams fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Heather Hardy enters this fight with a 1-0 record and has won 100 percent of her fights by knockout. Hardy is fighting in MMA for the second time and is coming off a June win over Alice Yauger. Hardy is a 35-year-old New Yorker who has spent her whole career producing a 20-0 boxing record that includes four knockouts and the WBC International female featherweight title. Hardy hopes to balance MMA and boxing moving forward, which would make her one of the harder workers in the…

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Heather Hardy and Kristina Williams fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Heather Hardy enters this fight with a 1-0 record and has won 100 percent of her fights by knockout. Hardy is fighting in MMA for the second time and is coming off a June win over Alice Yauger. Hardy is a 35-year-old New Yorker who has spent her whole career producing a 20-0 boxing record that includes four knockouts and the WBC International female featherweight title. Hardy hopes to balance MMA and boxing moving forward, which would make her one of the harder workers in the sport on the women’s side. As for her MMA career, Hardy got better in her debut as the fight went on, and you could see her get more and more comfortable with her striking. When Hardy lands cleanly, she can be deadly, but the obvious concerns are her ground game and her defense, as she took a ton of leg kicks and struggled to counter at times. This will be Hardy’s first fight in Connecticut. 

Kristina Williams will be making her MMA pro debut with this fight after a 3-0 amateur record. Williams had all three fights this year and is coming off a July victory over Taylor Pace. In her amateur career, Williams had two decisions and one submission. From what little film available, Williams appears to be a striker first who has a lengthy reach and can deliver some accurate blows when she wants to dictate the pace. Williams has mentioned how she’s been working on her ground game, and she showed the ability to limit damage and fight on her back when taken down multiple times against Rachel Young. Obviously we’re going to learn a lot more about Williams in this fight, as there’s not a large enough sample size to fully judge what she’s capable of at this stage of her career. This will be Williams’ first fight outside of her home state of Oklahoma. 

While Williams has shown some raw tools and potential from the limited fights I saw, this feels like another fight to ease Hardy into things as she builds up her MMA resume. Hardy needs to get comfortable in all aspects of MMA and throwing her rookies and fighters who have less experience than her is the perfect way to do it. Williams doesn’t have great takedown defense at this stage and obviously isn’t as polished with her standup as Hardy, who is a well decorated boxer. 

Hardy should win this fight.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:50:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95106
<![CDATA[Trevor Smith vs. Ramazan Emeev UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/21/trevor-smith-vs-ramazan-emeev-ufc-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Trevor Smith and Ramazan Emeev fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 118 at the Ergo Arena.

Trevor Smith enters this fight with a 15-7 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Smith has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a May win over Chris Camozzi. Smith is averaging 3.38 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 59 percent. Smith is averaging 1.94 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 34 percent. Smith has been inconsistent the last several years and has a chance to win back-to-back fights for the second time since…

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Trevor Smith and Ramazan Emeev fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 118 at the Ergo Arena.

Trevor Smith enters this fight with a 15-7 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Smith has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a May win over Chris Camozzi. Smith is averaging 3.38 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 59 percent. Smith is averaging 1.94 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 34 percent. Smith has been inconsistent the last several years and has a chance to win back-to-back fights for the second time since 2011. Smith has a background in Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling, which has helped him earn nine submission victories, but his striking can’t be slept on. Smith can land some haymakers with his weird devilry, and he’s highly accurate with his standup while possessing an effective ground and pound. Smith has a better skill set than his record would indicate, and he’s going to get the fight where he wants it at some point. This will be Smith’s first fight in Poland.

Ramazan Emeev enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 47 percent of his fights by submission. Emeev has won his last four fights and is coming off a December win over Anatoly Tokov. Emeev is a 30-year-old Russian who is making his UFC debut after spending most of his fighting career in his backyard. Emeev is a M-1 Global middleweight champion whose only recent loss came in 2014 from Vyacheslav Vasilevsky. Emeev appears to be an accurate striker who has a come forward style and is most comfortable on the canvas where he has seven submission victories. Emeev has a background in Combat Sambo, so he’s clearly a tough fighter who won’t go down easily and is in his comfort zone when it comes to striking and grappling. Emeev has finished six of his last eight opponents with three of those wins being knockouts. This will be Emeev’s fourth fight outside of Russia.

We’re going to learn a lot more about Emeev in this fight considering he’s spent much of his career fighting in his backyard and beating up on guys who aren’t exactly high quality. Smith has been hit or miss the last several years, so who knows what you’re getting with him. However, Smith did have an impressive victory over Camozzi in which he landed numbers quality strikes and produced four takedowns. If that Smith shows up for this fight, he should win. I have to see Emeev prove he’s ready for the big stage before picking him to win a fight like this one.

Give me Smith to get the rare back-to-back victory.

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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:10:06 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94464
<![CDATA[Muhammed Lawal vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 185 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/10/20/muhammed-lawal-vs-liam-mcgeary-bellator-185-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Muhammed Lawal and Liam McGeary fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Muhammed Lawal enters this fight with a 21-6 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by knockout. Lawal has won nine of his last 11 fights and is coming off a March win over Quinton Jackson. Lawal bounced back nicely from his loss to Mirko Cro Cop after controlling three rounds in his heavyweight debut. Lawal is a smart fighter who is a strong striker with a deep wrestling background, which allows him to hold his own wherever the fight ends up. Lawal is highly effective with…

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Muhammed Lawal and Liam McGeary fight Friday during Bellator 185 at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Muhammed Lawal enters this fight with a 21-6 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by knockout. Lawal has won nine of his last 11 fights and is coming off a March win over Quinton Jackson. Lawal bounced back nicely from his loss to Mirko Cro Cop after controlling three rounds in his heavyweight debut. Lawal is a smart fighter who is a strong striker with a deep wrestling background, which allows him to hold his own wherever the fight ends up. Lawal is highly effective with his takedowns and has a vicious ground and pound attack, and he’s won 13 of his fights by knockout. While he is getting up there in age, Lawal is still an athletic, powerful fighter who is fun to watch and shouldn’t be taken lightly. In 28 total fights, Lawal has never had a fight end in submission. This will be Lawal’s fourth fight in Connecticut. 

Liam McGeary enters this fight with a 12-2 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. McGeary has split his last four fights and is coming off a May loss to Linton Vassell. McGeary was stopped for the first time in his career and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time. McGeary is a lengthy fighter who stands at 6’6” and has a verity striking attack due to his massive length. McGeary is an explosive puncher with KO potential, but he also uses his legs well and mixes in powerful knees once in the clinch. McGeary is also polished on the canvas where he has five submission victories, as he can be a nightmare once he gets those legs wrapped around his opponent. McGeary is simply a tough fighter to prepare for due to there not many guys with his build walking around. This will be McGeary’s third fight in Connecticut. 

This is a really intriguing fight and two guys with proven records and solid skill sets. However, Lawal is giving up six inches to McGeary, and that’s a considerable amount and a huge disadvantage. This is a risky fight for Lawal if it goes to the canvas, and McGeary can use his size to his advantage when standing up. The bottom line is that Lawal will be fighting an uphill battle regardless of where this fight ends up. I don’t like this matchup for him. 

I like McGeary to win this fight.

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